About

“The Hive”

 

…was born of an intense meditation session. Based on model of community and growth of the hive of the honey bee (an ancient metaphor for the church), The Hive is a wellness and spirituality website that supports progressive Christian and spiritual women grown in their faith and wellness and change the world. Along with giving women the tools they need to be the spiritual busy bees they are and to be intentional about helping people build community beyond the Internet. The Hive has many categories for topics of all kinds.

Who is Hillary Raining?

 

Hillary considers preaching and teaching to be one of the greatest aspects of her vocation. She is blessed to be able to preach weekly in her parish where she also holds classes in Christian living all year round. In all aspects, Hillary seeks to bring her deeply felt joy in the Gospel to others.

Hillary has traveled extensively all over the country preaching and leading educational and spiritual events in a variety of topics and settings. Such topics include: Reconciliation, liturgical studies, Julian of Norwich, scripture, evangelism, building Christian community, meditation, pilgrimage, retreats, bee-keeping as eco-stewardship, parenting and the Daring Way, and creativity worships.

As a long-time yoga practitioner and 500 hour certified yoga instructor, Hillary also teaches yoga and meditation several times a week in a class that is free and open to the whole community. She practices and teaches primarily in the Ashtanga system of yoga which blends energetic postures with deep intentional aspects to help aid in prayer and holy living.

To learn more about Hillary, visit her personal website by clicking on the button below.

ADDITIONAL CONTRIBUTORS:

The Rev. Whitney Rice

 

Is an Episcopal priest in the Diocese of Indianapolis, currently serving at St. Francis In-The-Fields Episcopal Church.  A graduate of Yale Divinity School and winner of two Yale preaching awards, she is a writer for the Episcopal Digital Network’s Sermons That Work and has taught undergraduate courses at the University of Indianapolis.  A communicator of the gospel at heart, she writes and teaches on a wide variety of topics including rethinking evangelism, church history, mysticism, and spiritual development.  When she’s not thinking about theology (which is all the time, seriously), you’ll find her swing dancing.

See more of her work at www.roofcrashersandhemgrabbers.com.

Amy Rogers Morgan

 

A website developer and social media specialist living in Denver, Colorado. Amy is married and is currently a working-at-home-mom to Will Morgan, her 18-month-old son. She spends her extra time building spiritual communities with like-minded neighbors.

You can learn more about her at www.virtualaccomp.com

Michelle Bullock

 

Born and raised in North Carolina, but calls Pennsylvania home with her amazing husband and two joyful daughters. Michelle works as a school chaplain for PK-5th grade students, but has been a stay at home mom, youth and children’s minister, art teacher, elementary school teacher and has lived in China. Michelle has always been passionate about helping children feel heard and included, and believes her calling is to help children and their families know they are loved, valued and made by God. Michelle is pursing ordination in the Episcopal Church. In her free time, she watches too much TV, cooks with her husband, and tries to find grace in the beautiful craziness of each day.

Ken Raining

 

Ken Raining is the Circulation Desk Administrator at the University of
Pennsylvania’s Van Pelt Library. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Temple University and a Masters of Library and Information Science from Drexel University. He is married to Hillary Raining.

Rev. Dr. Sara Shisler Goff

 

The Rev. Dr. Sara Shisler Goff serves as Chaplain for Seabury Hall, an independent college preparatory school affiliated with the Episcopal Church, on Maui, Hawaii. A graduate of Elon University Sara received her Master of Divinity and Master of Sacred Theology from Yale Divinity School and her Doctor of Ministry from Episcopal Divinity School. A priest in the Episcopal Church Sara served as Canon for Christian Formation at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Baltimore Maryland for four years. In 2013, Sara co-founded the Slate Project, a new kind of Christian community located both online and face-to-face in Baltimore, Maryland. She is the former Director of Communications and Ministry Development for Listening Hearts Ministries, a faith-based non-profit committed to teaching individuals and groups the practice of spiritual discernment. She has been published in the Journal of Religious Leadership and has been interviewed by The Work of the People. In 2015-2016 she was a member of the final class of Beatitudes Society Fellows. When not watching Netflix, Sara can usually be found reading, writing, daydreaming, creating beautiful things and making lists.

Additionally, Dr. Shisler Goff blogs at her website sarashislergoff.com.

Father Benjamin Gildas

 

Father Benjamin Gildas is rector of Incarnation Holy Sacrament Episcopal Church in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania and an avid podcaster. He is the founding co-host of Priest Pulse, an Episcopal podcast focusing on news, interviews, and stories of faith and ministry. He is also a co-founder of the All Ports Open Network where he is featured on several podcasts at the intersection of games and religion. He also writes about family, divorce, and parenting at the website Grow Christians from Forward Movement. He lives in Drexel Hill with his wife, daughter, and two step-children.

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